Though it's got a made for abuse Shimano drivetrain and FOX's EVOL can on the rear shock, Santa Cruz's 5010 2. 0 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike's real story is the completely overhauled geometry and extra 5mm of travel. The changes distinguishing the 5010 2. 0 from the previous 5010 model translate to a longer, lower, and slacker geometry combined with a more aggressive pedaling posture. The bike exhibits better handling and more speed over everything from root latticed descents to rocky cruxes and any amount of XC hardpack in between. If the drivetrain is spec'd to absorb trail racing abuse, then the new frame is built to dish it out. The big geometry changes accounting for the 2. 0 series are in the head and seat tubes. They're slacker and steeper, respectively, with the head tube losing a whole degree, from 68 to 67, bringing it in line with the previous Bronson model. As you can imagine, the change is a drastic one, completely blowing up our own expectations for how much crunch a trail bike is equipped to handle. The steepened seat tube is equally drastic, though in a different way, since it puts the rider's hips closer to the bottom bracket and makes it easier to stay on top of the pedal stroke while climbing or burning worms across fast flats. The 5010 2. 0 also has a longer reach, lower bottom bracket, 5mm more travel, increased dropper range, stubbier chainstays, and a wider rear axle. That pile of alterations mean that itpedals harder, takes bigger bites out of terrain, and provides a wider range of saddle upsaddle down dropper goodness for aggressively tackling grades in both directions. The Virtual Pivot Point 3 VPP3 also got hit by the redesign hammer. In addition to an extra 5mm of travel, VPP3's two, counter rotating links both sit higher in the chassis. The tuning has also been revised. Where the old suspension curve described a deep U, VPP3's curve resembles a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping on either side of the sag po...
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